(Closed) I should have posted this on TTC, I'm sorry!

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Three months should be adequate but it’s entirely up to you. I was on the pill for around 8 years as well. I stopped in April of last year and my cycles stayed pretty regular. We started trying in July and conceived in August. I didn’t make any lifestyle changes, but again it’s personal preference. You’ll probably want to start taking a prenatal vitamin when you stop the pill. Best of luck!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Peffy:  I’ve been on the BCP for years, and just stopped last month.  We’re TTC now, but we’ll see how things go (who knows if my ovaries even work anymore??).   I just think that if we’re not contracepting, we’re TTC (because we’re certainly not preventing anything).  I started taking OTC prenatals (they’re the same, just look for folic acid mainly, but they’re all the same +/- iron and calcium).  So we’ll see what happens.

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Peffy:  I bought my prenatals at GNC because my doctor recommended I take ones without iron. I don’t think there’s much of a difference between prescription and OTC.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Peffy:  My GYN suggested three months, too, but I gave myself around six months just to make sure my cycles regulated and I could begin charting and figuring out when I was ovulating. Luckily my cycles came back regularly right away. I suggest getting the book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” when you go off BCP so you can start understanding more about your cycles. 

Diet wise, I just started taking a prenatal and being more conscious to eat healthy as often as possible, cut down/out caffeine, etc. Exercise, I have been a pretty regular exerciser but started running more since I’ve heard you can only continue it during pregnancy if you already have an established routine, and I want to continue exercising throughout my pregnancy so I amped up my exercise.

Good luck!

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